My family takes an annual holiday to beautiful Moreton Island and for the past 6-7 years we have been staying at these units at Bulwer which have recently been renamed 'Eco Lodge'. After this years 5 night stay, we will not return to this accommodation until a serious upgrade has occurred.
We have only ever expected budget accommodation as was reflected in the price, however this year the price increased significantly to $150 per night and hence we were expecting to see some improvements to the property. How wrong we were. We stayed in unit 3, above the shop, which was in such a sad state of disrepair it's hard to know where to start - the 20cm ring of mould around the bottom of the cheap plastic shower curtain, the dilapidated bathroom vanity with peeling strips of laminate and rotten interior, the bunk bed mattresses so thin my kids had to double them up so they couldn't feel the bed springs, the stained and threadbare carpet, the broken or missing fly screens, light fittings with blown bulbs or the shabby 70s kitchen which didn't even have basic cooking utensils anymore. Clearly the unit had not been occupied for some time before we checked in as evidenced by the thick layer of dust on all the surfaces.
It was disappointing to see the deterioration in the unit since last we stayed there. The only improvement, to support the 'Eco' claim, is the installation of solar power to supplement the noisy generators. Also, the shop has been refurbished to include a cafe/restaurant, however it appears to have reduced it's stock of basic items to the extent that we had to pre-order and pay in advance for bread and milk to ensure supply.
As mentioned, we have been coming to this establishment for years and have never expected much. We accepted that the noisy generators ran 16 hours a day, that power used to cease around 11pm each night, we weren't there to watch TV or DVDs so poor performance of these appliances didn't matter, however is it too much to ask to provide a set of kitchen tongs to turn the steaks on the barbie? Oh and that's another thing, the BBQs have been removed, so no more barbie's on the verandah. Although none of the verandah lights worked anyway.
In our opinion, Moreton Island is one of the best destinations in this country and we will definitely return BUT we will find somewhere else to stay.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- If you love the idea of getting out into the great outdoors but can't stand the creepy crawlies, sandy bed or thought of needing a shovel to go to the toilet, glamping's probably the answer! We've got 9 beautifully furnished tents, complete with a queen size bed, private ensuite and veranda overlooking the giant Moreton Melaleuca trees. When you're glamping, there's no tent to pitch, no sleeping bag to unroll, no fire to build! Glamping is a way to experience the great outdoors without sacrificing luxury. The beach is just a short stroll from your front door (well, tent flap), you can grab a meal at the on-site cafe, cook on the communal barbie in the camp kitchen or just put your feet up and enjoy a glass of wine knowing you're not facing another night of sleeping on a half inflated blow-up! We have a mixture of 2 person and 4 person tents nestled amongst the giant Melaleuca trees of Moreton Island, with pristine beaches 100 metres from your door. A Glamp kitchen is also available for our guests to use, including tea & coffee making facilities & Barbeques. If you are bringing your own 4WD vehicle, Bulwer is a short drive to the Cape Moreton Lighthouse (see the whales in season)Champagne Rock Pools and Honeymoon Bay, which are some of the most spectacular sights on the Island. No 4wd? No problem, we can arrange on Island tours that include snorkelling amongst amazing amounts of beautiful fish at the wrecks and sandboarding down massive sand dunes. Castaways has an on-site restaurant so you'll never go hungry as well as a convenience store for all your holiday essentials. Moreton Island is a secret holiday paradise! ... more less
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